Statin Use May Reduce Glaucoma Risk

Researcher Jae H. Kang, ScD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, compiled self-reported survey responses on statin use and cholesterol levels from more than 136,000 adults age 40 and older who participated biennially in 3 national studies. The study of primarily white health care professionals, reported in a recent issue of JAMA Ophthalmology, suggests high cholesterol levels are associated with increased risk for the most common form of glaucoma, while longer use of a cholesterol-lowering statin, compared with never using a statin, was associated with lower risk. There were 886 new cases of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) identified among the adults. The association between longer statin use for 5 or more years and lower risk of POAG was stronger among those 65 and older.